365 Ways to Love Your Child
by Julie Lavender
[Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group}

Julie Lavender’s book, 365 Ways to Love Your Child, helps parents – or anyone who regularly interacts with children—to find time each day to transform a little moment into a precious memory.

About 365 Ways to Love Your Child

365 Ways to Love Your Child offers creative suggestions for activities, gestures, and expressions of love for parents and adults to show a child just how much they are treasured. With simple ideas and heartwarming tokens of affection, 365 Ways encourages parents to spend quality time with their child every day to create a treasury of warm memories to savor throughout childhood and beyond.

With each expression of love, a child gets a glimpse of the unfathomable love of the heavenly Father. 365 Ways encourages adults along the parenting journey to help their child recognize God’s love through their own devotion, attentiveness, and verbal affirmations.

The book is divided into twelve chapters, each focusing on ways you can show your child you love them. Chapters include, “When we are outside;” “When we are at home,” “When we are running errands;” When we are playing games;” When we are getting creative;” When we are reading and playing;” “When we are serving others;” When we are celebrating the seasons;” When we are showing affection,” When we are sharing love notes; and “When we are vacationing.”

In each chapter, Lavender offers fun, simple, and easy ways to take a moment to love on a child. In the chapter, “When we are outside,” she takes the summertime practice of catching fireflies. After looking at the bugs, she suggests letting them go and telling your child, “You light up my life!” While finding shapes in clouds, she encourages telling your child, “I love your imagination!” In the chapter, “When we are at home,” she suggests sharing a favorite memory with your child, or hiding love notes in their room. In the chapter, “When we are reading and playing,” she suggests putting on dress-up clothes and having a silly dance party, ending by telling your child, “I am never bored when I am with you.”

Some of the suggestions involve little or no preparation and others take a little prep or time, such as teaching your favorite hobby to your child.

365 Ways to Love Your Child  is a treasure for parents. It would also be a fun help for grandparents, teachers, day care workers, or anyone who interacts with children on a regular basis.

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